April 2022 News

News Briefs for 28 April 2022

Contribution of border residents invaluable in keeping India united: IG BSF

Srinagar 27 Apr: Inspector general of Border Security Force for Kashmir zone, Raja Babu Singh on Wednesday said that contribution of border residents was invaluable in keeping India United. Talking to reporters on sidelines of a function in Keran area, Singh said that border population has always contributed in making India one which is priceless. He said that tourists who throng Kashmir only know about Gulmarg, Sonamarg and Pahalgam but they don`t know Kashmir is more than this.

Omar Abdullah unnerved after PM Modis mega rally in Samba: Altaf Thakur

Srinagar 27 Apr: Bhartiya Janata Party J&K spokesman Altaf Thakur lashed out at the National Conference vice president for his views that PAGD should fight elections jointly, stating the this is clear that Omar and his party has felt unnerved by PM Modis rally in Samba. Thakur in a statement issued to Kashmir News Service (KNS) said that Omar has no option other than to appeal PDP to contest polls together as after all it is a matter of two families. Today, one family is appealing another to join us in polls.

PAGD should contest elections jointly to keep BJP, it`s A & B teams at bay: Omar Abdullah

Srinagar 27 Apr: Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah on Wednesday said that PAGD should contest elections jointly to keep BJP and it`s A and B teams at bay. Talking to reporters at Nawa-e-Subah Srinagar, Omar said that he personally wants that PAGD should contest elections jointly and should not allow BJP and it`s A and B teams to divide votes. "It is my personal opinion but the final decision lies with the PAGD whether they will contest elections jointly as I am not any office bearer of the conglomerate, he added.

Militant killed, army soldier injured in ongoing Pulwama gunfight

Anantnag 27 Apr: A militant was killed and an army soldier was injured in a gunfight between militants and government forces in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. Police sources said that the army man received injuries as soon as the gunfight started and has been evacuated to the hospital. His condition is stated to be stable, a police source said.

BSF launches drive to detect possible cross-border tunnels from Pakistan: Officials

Jammu 27 Apr: Following the recent detection and killings of two Jaish-e-Mohammeds suicide bombers in Jammu, the Border Security Force has launched a massive drive to detect cross-border tunnels along the International Border in Jammu. The BSF said it is alive to the threat posed by the enemy forces and anti-national elements and is maintaining robust domination and surveillance to keep the borders and the people of the country safe. Two heavily-armed JeM militants, wearing suicide vests, were eliminated in a fierce gunfight by security forces after they attacked a bus carrying Central Industrial Security Force personnel in the Sunjwan area on the outskirts of Jammu on April 22 and killed an assistant sub-inspector.

Kashmir Residents See No Relief From Power Outages

Srinagar 27 Apr: There seems to be no relief in sight for the residents of Kashmir facing electricity outages for the past several days, with the authorities citing the early onset of summer and sub-optimal hydro power generation as reasons for unscheduled power cuts. Kashmir is going through one of its worst power crisis as unscheduled and prolonged cuts in supply in the holy month of Ramazan have left the people distraught. Officials in the electricity department said the supply in April was around 900 to 1100 MW while the demand was 1600 MW, thereby, creating a deficit which has forced them to go for unscheduled power cuts.

Omar Abdullah Welcomes SC Decision To List Art-370 Petitions

Srinagar 27 Apr: National Conference (NC) leader Omar Abdullah on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court`s announcement that petitions regarding the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution would be listed after the summer vacation and appealed to the Chief Justice of India to hold the hearings on a fast-track basis. "We welcome the decision of the Supreme Court to constitute a bench after the summer vacation. We understand that due to COVID-19, the petitions could not be listed earlier but we would now request the CJI that the hearings be held on a fast-track basis.

Army-run School Asks Staff To Avoid Hijab

Srinagar 27 Apr: An Army-run school in Baramulla district has stoked a controversy by asking its staff to avoid wearing hijab during school hours, prompting criticism by the Jammu and Kashmir's mainstream political parties. In a circular dated April 25, the principal of the Dagger Parivar School Baramulla, a school set up under the aegis of the Army and the Indrani Balan Foundation, asked the teachers to avoid wearing hijab during school hours 'so that students can feel comfortable and are forthcoming to interact with teachers and staff'.